Tabby – the missing tab switcher for eclipse

My job for the past few years primarily involved developing eclipse based applications, and so, I’ve had to use eclipse full-time for quite some time.  My pet peeve with eclipse has always been it’s usability. It’s not particularly keyboard friendly (not the same as having a gazillion keyboard shortcuts, which eclipse has plenty of), and the UI is just plain clunky. One thing that particularly annoyed me at some point was, not being able to conveniently switch between open tabs (editors, views), like you can with most other IDEs and text editors. Before you say it, I know there’s a Ctrl+F6 that brings up a quick switcher for editor tabs, but come on, it’s not even close to what I’d like it to be. And no, reassigning it to Ctrl+Tab just doesn’t cut it.

So, I went ahead and wrote tab switcher for eclipse sometime last year. Never really released it though, since there was always that one little feature I could add before it was “done”, and I never had the time for it. Regardless, I’ve been using it for some time, and it works just the way I like it. If you ever missed having a decent tab switcher for eclipse, try this one out.


Tabby Screenshot

Tabby Screenshot

Default Key Bindings

  • Ctrl+Tab – Cycles through the list of open editors and views
  • Ctrl+Shift+Tab – Cycles through the list of open editors and views, in reverse
  • Esc – Switches focus to the last active editor. Useful when you’re navigating through views and would like to quickly get back to editing.


The update site for the plugin is currently hosted at:

To install:

  • Open eclipse
  • Go to Help -> Install New Software…
  • Copy the update site URL and paste it in the dialog that shows up
  • Follow the dialog to finish installation

You can also download the update site as an archive from here: [30KB]

You can grab the sources from GitHub here: